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US whistleblower Edward Snowden should leave Hong Kong: Lawmaker

Published on Jun 10, 2013 4:43 PM
 
A senior pro-Beijing lawmaker said on Monday, June 10, 2013, that US whistleblower Edward Snowden (above), who is believed to be holed up in Hong Kong after leaking details of a massive secret Internet surveillance programme, should leave the city. -- PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG (AFP) - A senior pro-Beijing lawmaker said on Monday that US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in Hong Kong after leaking details of a massive secret Internet surveillance programme, should leave the city.

Regina Ip, formerly the city's top official overseeing security, told reporters the city's administration was "obliged to comply with the terms of agreements" with the US government, which included the extradition of fugitives.

"It's actually in his best interest to leave Hong Kong," she said, adding that she did not know whether the government had yet received an extradition request. "I doubt it will happen so quickly," she said.

Snowden, whose exact location is unknown, revealed that he was in the southern Chinese city in an interview with the Guardian newspaper released on Sunday, noting his choice of Hong Kong was due to its "strong tradition of free speech".

 
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